Over time, it's not uncommon to build a large library of music and media on your Mac. If you want to share this content with other people, for example so that your family members can listen to your music library, it's a fairly simple process on Apple's devices.

You can do this through Apple's Home Sharing feature or by sharing playlists that you've created in Apple Music. This article describes both methods for you so that you can get started right away.

In MacOS Catalina, the company split iTunes into three different apps: Music, TV, and Podcasts. If you want to share an iTunes library, you can no longer do so on your Mac. However, iTunes lives on on Windows. If you want to know how to share a music library on iTunes, we have a guide for you on that too.

Set up home sharing

Apple devices have a feature called Home Sharing that allows you to share, stream, and import different media files from up to five devices – Mac, PC, iOS, or Apple TV – that can be shared with your Wi-Fi. Fi network are connected.

Step 1: Make sure that every device you want to share with is signed in with the same Apple ID and is authorized to play items purchased on that Apple ID.

Step 2: On your Mac, open System Preferences by clicking the Apple icon and then System Preferences.

Step 3: Click Sharing, then click Media Sharing in the left sidebar.

Step 4: Check the box next to Home Sharing, enter your Apple ID username and password, and click Enable Home Sharing. You will now see a dialog box informing you that home sharing has been turned on.

Use home sharing on a Mac

After home sharing is turned on, you'll want to share your content on Apple Music.

Step 1: Make sure that any devices that want to access or share an Apple Music library are turned on, not sleeping and running Apple Music.

Step 2: Open the Music app and sign in with your Apple ID (if you haven't already).

Step 3: In the left sidebar, click the down arrow next to Library.

How to share your Apple Music library

Step 4: You will see a list of the libraries that have been shared with you. Click the one you want to access and it will load into Apple Music. Any playlists created in the shared library will also appear in the left sidebar.

Use home sharing on iOS

Home sharing can also be accessed from your iOS or iPadOS device. Here is how.

How to share your Apple Music libraryStep 1: Open the Settings app on iOS and scroll down to Music. Tip it on.

Step 2: At the bottom of the window under Startup Sharing, tap Sign in if you're not already signed in with your Apple ID. When you're signed in, you'll see your Apple ID email address on your screen.

Step 3: Open the Music app, tap Library on the bottom toolbar, then tap Home Sharing.

Step 4: Select a library and wait for Music to download it to your device. Once that's done, you'll be able to play the shared content.

Share your media with guests

What if you want to share your music library with someone else who has a different Apple ID? Fear not, because it is just as easy.

Step 1: Open System Preferences on your Mac, click Sharing, and then click Media Sharing in the left sidebar.

Step 2: At the bottom of the window, check the box next to Share media with guests.

Step 3: Click Options on the right.

How to share your Apple Music library

Step 4: To require a password when users try to access your media library, select the check box next to Require password and enter a password in the adjacent field.

Step 5: You can either share all of your media elements or just selected things. For the latter option, click Selected Playlists, then choose the exact types of media you want to share.

Use family sharing

Home sharing is a great way to keep all of the Apple devices in your home synced. However, what about syncing with the people in your life? This is where family sharing comes into play.

First, let's make a brief distinction. Home sharing is about syncing media between devices, while family sharing is about sharing purchases between accounts. Family Sharing lets you sync your purchases from the App Store, Apple TV, and even Apple Music with five other accounts – be they friends or family.

To set up family sharing for Apple Music, you need to go to the family plan. That's $ 15 a month versus $ 10 for the single account. Each person will then have their own profile on Apple Music, where you can send them playlists and songs and see what they're listening to.

Show friends what you hear

If you and your friends really love music and want to share what you're listening to all the time, Apple Music is the place to go. Users can go to your profile and see what you're hearing. You can also view all the playlists that you have published. You can activate this function on MacOS and iOS.

How to activate the function in iOS:

Step 1: Open Apple Music and tap the For You tab.

Step 2: Tap the image icon on the top right corner of the screen.

Step 3: Click Edit under your name and picture

Step 4: Scroll down and turn Listening To on.

To enable it in macOS:

Step 1: Open Apple Music and tap the For You tab.

Step 2: Tap the image icon on the top right corner of the screen.

Step 3: Click on Edit on the right side of the screen.

Step 4: On the right under Choose who can follow your activity, click Additional privacy settings.

Step 5: Click Listen so that there is a blue check mark next to it.

Share an Apple Music playlist

How to share your Apple Music library

If you'd rather just share a single Apple Music playlist rather than your entire library, that's straightforward too.

Note, however, that both you and the person you want to share the playlist with must have an active Apple Music subscription.

Step 1: On iOS or iPadOS, find the playlist you want to share, tap the three-dot icon under the name, then tap Share. You are given a variety of sharing options including AirDrop, Messages, Email, Facebook, and more.

Step 2: On a Mac, find the playlist and then click the three dots icon like in step 1. From here, click Share Playlist.

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